Albarello drug jar used for Simple Honey of Roses, Italy, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Italy
maker:
Unknown

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Albarello vase, Italian, 18th or 19th century Sicilian polychrome maiolica, used for simple honey of roses

Rhodomel Simplex (Latin for “Simple Honey of Roses”) would have been stored in this earthenware drug jar. The recipe required equal amounts of juices of red roses and honey to be heated together to form a liquid. Intended to cure throat and mouth ulcers, the liquid was probably drunk or applied directly.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A42580
type:
drug jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle